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Morgan Monroe State Forest Trail Run and Backpack

If you are a backpacker who also enjoys running, come to join us for the Knobstone Trail Run:

Click the link for more details.


Friday: leave Chicago in the afternoon/evening. Morgan Monroe State Forest is about 3.5 to 4 hours drive from Chicago. We will camp at Mason Ridge camp ground.

Saturday(10/27): run starts at 7:30 Eastern Time. You can choose whatever race suits your level.(half,10 miles, 10K or 5K)

We will regroup after everyone finishes running and start backpacking around noon. We will hike 4-6 miles to find a back country site. There are steams along the way.

Sunday: hike 4-6 miles out.We are expected to return to Chicago in the early evening(6 or 7 PM).

Who can attend:

You should have backpacking experience. If you have not attended one of our trips, please email me with your relevant experience.

This race is more challenging the races on hard flat surfaces. You can learn more about trail running:

Race sign up fee is $20. Please sign up for the running event yourself(see the link above). Proceeds benefit the HHC's KT extension & other trail repair efforts.

Note for non-runners: If you are interested in backpacking but not the trail run, please do NOT sign up for the trip. You can post a message on the board. I might open additional spots to non runners in mid October.

State Park info:

As usual, organizers will plan car pool. No dogs,no dependents under 16. Leave no trace.

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  • Sonja

    Great pictures, Andrew! Thanks for posting. I'll get the ones from my camera up soon.

    October 31, 2012

  • Andrew

    Thanks for the introduction to the group everyone! It was great to meet you all. I posted some photos for anyone interested.

    October 30, 2012

  • Yunhui W.

    great to see everyone. Thanks Oley for an unforgettable post race feast! Hope to see you all soon!

    October 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terrific trip! Great to reunite with familiar faces as well as meet some new backpackers. Many thanks to the organizers

    October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone was so happy and cheerful! Made this weekend a blast!

    October 29, 2012

  • Andrew

    I see it still says 1 spot left, but RSVP closed. Would I still be able to sign up? Does anyone have extra space in a car, driving from Chicago? (I'm in the Loop) I have tent/stove/tarp/etc

    October 25, 2012

    • Mike S.

      Maybe... I'll send you an email in a minute

      October 25, 2012

  • Mike S.

    I've just emailed all of you asking for carpool information. Please respond promptly. If you missed the email, check your spam folder. If you still don't see it, email me through the meetup site or post a comment.

    October 17, 2012

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